Cross Scotland from East to West, exploring the famous Loch Ness and taking in the the rugged natural beauty of the highlands as you go, with a few days of sailing on the other side to the Isle of Skye
The dates of this 8 day trip are 14 - 22 September.
Join the yacht in Inverness on 14 September. The intention will be to sail up the river Ness and into Loch Ness where the coast line widens significantly. From there we head for Fort Augustus at the other end of the Loch, keeping a good eye out for Nessy. Then onwards into Loch Oich, past Invergarry Castle, before entering the Caledonian Canal. On the other side we sail through Loch Lochy and start to see the beginnings of the formation of Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the British Isles - on our port side. Once past Fort William we continue on into Loch Linnhe and into the Sound of Mull to Tobermory, leaving a few days to explore the Small Isles and the Isle of Skye.
The yacht is a 55ft steel Bruce Roberts that takes 8 people. There will probably be only 6 or 7 people on board and there are only two double en-suite cabins available to book.
The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and, although only 50 miles long, is famous for it's breathtaking and dramatic scenery. Some of the unique geological features not to be missed include the Old Man of Storr, the Quirang and the Cuillin.
Great hiking abounds here, with the odd whisky distillery waiting to be stumbled upon. The local peat has been put to good use to produce some of the finest, smoky single malts in the world.
The island has a rich history from dinosaur fossils to clan warfare. The Macdonald and MacLeod clans have castles on the island and are well worth exploring. The capital, Portree, is quaint and colourful (as you can see from the photo on the left).
Have a look at the following website to get a good idea of the dramatic and quite breath taking scenery:
Santosa was launched in 2017. She is a 55ft (16.7m) steel ketch of Bruce Roberts design with a high latitude rig and has been built with exactly these sort of waters in mind and to provide an exclusive and luxurious experience.
She has hydraulic headsails and an electric mainsheet winch. She has two helming positions, one on deck in the cockpit and one in the spacious coach house allowing you to steer the boat staying cosy and dry if it is cold and wet on deck.
Displacing 33 tonnes she is a solid boat. She is ‘coded’ to Category Zero meaning her structure, the safety equipment on board and the experience and qualifications of the skipper and mate meet the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) international standards to sail anywhere in the world.
She has heating, air conditioning, hot water, a water maker.
From the cockpit you come down into a spacious and sociable coach house with a raised saloon area offering panoramic views, leather seating and a dinning table. To starbaord there is an indoor helming position (lovely when chilly outside!) and a navigation area.
Aft of this area you step down into two luxury en-suite cabins, one each side of the boat. Plenty of storage is offered and a wardrobe. The en-suite has a power shower with seating, heated towel rail and electric flush heads. The cabins also have heating, aircon and black out blinds.
Forward of the coach house saloon, you go down a level to a well designed galley on the port side and a snug seating area to starboard. Beyond that is mainly crew accomodation consisting of another heads, another double cabin and two bunk beds, and a work shop right up in the forepeak.
Full training will be given but it would be useful if you have done some sailing before.
You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Food on board is included and made for you! Whilst our experienced skipper and mate are perfectly capable of sailing the yacht by themselves you are most welcome to take part in all aspects of keeping a watch, navigating and sailing the boat.
You should get some exciting sailing. You will see some dramatic scenery.
The trip will not be as cold as you might expect. The weather can be fickle, but crystal clear and sunny days are not uncommon.
It will be the end of summer, so warm clothing will be necessary.
There are 3 double cabins, two of which are available.
The price is £2,057 which works out at £1,029 per person with two sharing a cabin.
Included in the price is all food on board, mooring fees, fuel, gas.
You will need to purchase your own insurance which will cost around £35 from someone like Topsail Insurance.
To pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4097 in the check out stage.
You should aim to join the boat as close to 4pm as possible, on the start date of your chosen leg.
On the final day you will disembark from the boat at 10am.
Flights to Inverness Airport are frequent, with many European cities able to connect directly. Flights within UK are under 2 hours.
The Bus Company ‘City Link’ presently offer coaches from Skye to both Glasgow & Inverness. Full details of these routes including timetable can be found on their website. It can be worth booking online to ensure you get a seat.
Santosa will sail from the Isle of Skye down Scotland's West Coast, and on to Oban. She will then head south down the Irish Sea to Falmouth.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK up to Norway, across to the Shetland Islands, then down to Inverness, via the Orkney Islands, before crossing the Caledonian Canal through to the West Coast of Scotland. She will then sail down through the Irish Sea around Lands End and on to Falmouth. During this whole voyage there are a number of different legs that all have slightly different sailing aspects to them. For example some are purely coastal cruising whilst others have a large part of offshore sailing to them as well as coastal cruising.
Trondheim to Bodo – 280nm and Fjords
Bodo to Trondheim - 280nm and Fjords
Isle of Skye to Oban – 120nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea.